Happy New Year! I know, I am so late but I recently came back from Jamaica and I was not able to gain full access to the internet. I have kind of been neglecting my website which is not good. Sometimes, I honestly just do not know what to post but for the new year I think that I should be posting on here at least ONCE per week.
Gap year has been crazy weird so far and even though it did give me the opportunity to travel last year into this year BUT I still don't have an internship.... Gosh the stresses.... I will begin applying soon to graduate school programs I am looking forward to doing so. Even though everything is not going my way I WILL remain positive, pray and hope for the best.
xoxo CJ Walker
One week out from the Physics Exam that may determine if I attend grad school and I feel like I want to crap myself, LOL. SERIOUSLY! I am so nervous but can you blame me?? I hardly studied anything and I need to get serious about it. Yes, I know you may be thinking... "At the last minute??".... I am such a procrastinator and it's funny because I need to score a good grade on this exam but my Physics professor keeps telling me that it does not matter if I get a good score or not because most students in the US do not.......Thanks for making me feel so much better professor! LOL
I am aiming for a C average and hopefully with my crappy GPA and almost perfect GRE grade I will get into at least one school. I really would like to get into the MA program at Hampton University but my dream school would be Duke University.
This week my plan is to complete practice exams, re-read a few Physics 1&2 material (because I should survive if I have the basics down), get my nails done (because a girl needs to pamper herself before torture!) and just chill out and take it easy. I will definitely keep the positive thinking alive and hope that I come out of this exam alive.
I love how I make this seems as if I am heading into a haunted abyss where I won't come out alive, LOL.
Tip: DO NOT be like me and wait until the last minute to get busy to learn and prepare for this exam! Let's see how this works out....
Wish me luck!
xoxo CJ Walker
The GRE physics text is an examination given by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). This test attempts to determine the understanding of fundamental principle of physics and their ability to apply them to problem to solving. May graduate schools require applicants to take the exam and base admission decisions in part on the results. The test consists of approximately 100 five-choice questions, some of which are grouped in sets and based on such materials as diagrams, graphs, experimental data and descriptions of physical situations.
Below is a link to the scoring from ETS. The highest score you are able to receive is a 990.
Next, I will share my GRE study plan because I take my exam October 29.
xoxo CJ Walker
Medical Physics is:
Medical physics departments may be found in hospitals or universities. Graduates trained in Medical Physics work in academic, research and clinical paths. Students at the Ph.D. level with interest in academic careers will find jobs as faculty members in departments of Medical Physics, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, Physics or Nuclear Engineering. Additionally, Ph.D. graduates may be employed in government labs or in industry. Ph.D. students trained with a specialty in Health Physics may find employment as Radiation Safety Officers at universities or large laboratories, or they may be employed as faculty in Health Physics training programs.
Sources: Wikipedia & Duke Medical Physics web page
After years and years struggling through undergrad I have finally figured out what I want to do with my life. I decided about 1 year ago that medical school is not what I wanted to do. I have to be happy with my choice and medical physics was IT! Thanks to my professor I researched this profession and fell in love because finally I found something that is the perfect mesh between Medicine and Physics. Below are some steps to becoming a Medical Physicist for anyone that is considering this profession. Enjoy!
To work as a medical physicist, candidates need at least a master's degree but more often earn a doctoral degree in medical physics, radiation biology or a closely related discipline from an accredited school. Candidates are also required to complete clinical training through a residency or postdoctoral program, which usually lasts 1-2 years in a hospital or clinic. The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP) accredits medical physics graduate and training programs. Applicants need a solid foundation in general physics with a bachelor's degree in a related discipline to qualify.
Medical physicists are eligible for certification while enrolled in a residency program or after they begin their practice. Once certified, they are considered qualified medical physicists. Certification is offered in four areas of medical physics, including therapeutic radiological physics, diagnostic radiological physics, medical nuclear physics and medical health physics. There are several certifying boards, such as the American Board of Radiology, American Board of Medical Physics and American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine.
According to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, some states require medical physicists to be licensed or registered due to strict regulations regarding radioactive material and radiation from machines. Licensure or registration requirements vary by state and may include having a master's or doctoral degree in medical physics, accruing a minimum amount of work experience, obtaining board certification and paying a fee.
High school -> Undergrad (preferably physics major) -> Master's (CAMPEP/Non-CAMPEP) -> Residency (CAMPEP especially if you did not attend a CAMPEP accredited master's program!) -> Workforce
I will be documenting my journey applying to grad school, residency and the workforce.
xoxo CJ Walker